A local college and a university have posted record enrollment for the fall semester.
Pittsburg (Kan.) State University reported on Thursday a record fall headcount of 7,289 students, up slightly from the 7,275 students enrolled last fall.
Administrators highlighted the Gorilla Advantage program, which offers in-state tuition rates to students in select counties in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, as one factor in the growth.
Bill Ivy, associate vice president for enrollment management and student success, said undergraduate enrollment from counties in the program is 1,301 students, a 6.4 percent increase over last fall. Including graduate students, more than 1,500 students, or about one-fifth of the total student population, come from Gorilla Advantage counties, officials said.
Ivy also said 868 students, or nearly 12 percent of the student body, are of a minority population. Those numbers increased 16 percent over last year and about 36 percent over the past two years, he said.
“Increasing diversity is one of our goals, and it is clear that we’re having success,” he said in a statement. “We still have work to do, but we are clearly headed in the right direction.”
Also reporting a record fall enrollment is Crowder College with 5,590 students, an increase of more than 3 percent from 2011. The total number of credit hours taken by students — 51,989 — is a nearly 2 percent increase over last year, administrators announced last week.
“Affordable tuition, quality programs and convenient locations seem to be the biggest influences in the increased number of students,” Jim Riggs, director of admissions, said in a statement.
The college now has campuses in Neosho, Cassville, Nevada and Webb City and also offers classes in Carthage, Monett, Greenfield, Lamar and Mount Vernon.
At Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, a total of 2,511 students are enrolled this fall, which is on par with enrollment numbers from last year, according to the registrar’s office.
Overall enrollment at Missouri Southern State University declined from last year by about 3 percent to 5,417 students this fall.